Creative Spaces No. 3 / Gilit Cooper
I'm so excited to share a little peak behind the creative shop The Bannerie and it's crazy fun owner Gilit Cooper. The Bannerie is a shop full of sparkly, cheeky banners for #girlbosses, weddings and parties as well as a ton of fun goodies for awesome people. Enjoy!
LK: Tell us about yourself as a creative.
GC: I am what I call an explosive thinker, which makes me sound extraordinarily innovative or like a time bomb, but here's what I mean: my thoughts are rarely linear. They go in a thousand directions all at once and I usually have that many ideas all at once. The trick is just choosing one and sticking with it!
Describe your style in three words.
Bright, Cheeky, and Sparkly.
What does your creative journey look like?
Like one of those crazy charts with lines and cross outs and arrows everywhere!
Usually something just sets me off, like a tickle in my brain, then I let it sit and as it does it gains momentum. Then I start my lists of all the ideas and everything I'm thinking about whether it makes sense or not. Then I refine and organize. Once I've gotten to the space where I think my idea is defined and good, I try to think deeper: Why is this something I want to do? How does this speak to me? How will it speak to others?
Tell us about your space.
We live in a two bedroom apartment in NYC so my office is a quarter of our bedroom! It can get tricky and I am definitely space-challenged, but I'm very careful to clean up and stay organized (or I can't sleep!). I also love to infuse my space with color and girliness but try to hold back juuuust a little so my husband doesn't feel like I've completely taken over. He's actually ridiculously supportive of all my choices like the insane amount of confetti I have lying around and how I keep sneaking in more pink.
What is your favorite thing about your space?
The color, the sparkle, and that it is probably the one space that is totally, completely me.
What is something in your space you can't live without?
I want to say my pink disco ball and gem speaker, but really it's the shelves and drawers! Easy access and organization makes for efficiency which is imperative in running your own business.
What is the first thing you do at the start of each workday?
I let my mind wander because if I don't, those thoughts will be crowding my mind all day. I let it go wherever it wants for ten minutes, writing things down even if they're written elsewhere, just to get them out of my head. And then it's time to hustle, hustle, hustle!
Where do you pull inspiration from?
I hate to be so cliche, but everywhere! I try to be mindful of where I am and what I'm seeing (it's not easy and I'm not always successful!) When you do that, it gives your mind a chance to acknowledge what it's taking in even if it's just your regular thoughts. This really allows you to be authentic in what you do and that is extremely important to me, even if it's something as silly as me loving the color pink and sharing that love on Instagram.
What is the biggest lesson you've learned in the past year?
Can I cheat and share two lessons? Because saying no and authenticity were my big ones. In the beginning I really felt like I had pretend I was bigger than I was and maybe that helped, maybe not but I was working ridiculous hours to make everyone happy. Learning to say no is hard but so important and the sooner you learn that lesson, the better off you will be.
I talk about authenticity a lot, but I don't think it can be overstated. Being true to yourself doesn't mean revealing every personal detail but it does mean embracing who you are fully and when you do that, so many other things fall into place. In a way, the Bannerie has really let me be myself more than ever and no matter what I will always be so grateful for that.
Thank you so much, Gilit, for sharing your amazing space and business with us!